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Multiple Sclerosis: What Are the Early Symptoms?

Saturday, 01 Feb 2014 08:35 PM

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects about 2.5 million people worldwide. MS is seen to occur in twice as many women as men.
 
Early signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis are rare and misleading, and they may also vary in intensity. In some people, early signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis only include numbness, dizziness, and overall fatigue. In others, MS can show with serious signs such as paralysis, vision loss, and even loss in brain function over a period of time.

Some of the early signs of MS include thinking problems, loss of memory, blurred vision, clumsiness due to lack of coordination, numbness, tingling feeling, fatigue, weakness of the limbs, pain in the eye, involuntary eye movements, and muscle spasticity. These symptoms of multiple sclerosis may occur very early and may also be commonly noticed by many. Certain other early signs and symptoms of MS include the following.
Difficulty in walking and balancing: Numbness and fatigue are the most common early signs of MS. Multiple sclerosis also causes weakening of muscles due to which patients may experience difficulty in walking and balancing.

Bladder problems: This is another early sign of multiple sclerosis. About eight in 10 people with MS notice symptoms such as bladder and bowel problems including constipation.

Muscle spasms: Muscle spasms are a part of important signs and symptoms of MS. Multiple sclerosis causes muscle weakness. In almost 40 percent of MS patients, muscle spasms occur as early symptoms. As multiple sclerosis progresses, the frequency and severity of muscle spasms also increase.

Sexual difficulties and low sex drive:
Multiple sclerosis patients show lesser response to touch, and men may have erectile dysfunction. Lesser sex drive among others is one of the early signs of MS.

Speech problems: Multiple sclerosis affects the brain and its parts responsible for cognizance and speech. Long pauses, fumbling for words can be considered as early signs of multiple sclerosis. Difficulty in swallowing is also seen in patients with MS as an early symptom.

Tremors: Tremors are early signs of multiple sclerosis. Almost 50 percent of people with MS have early tremors, which prevents them from carrying on with routine activities. Early tremors may be minor or severe in nature.

Serious vision problems: Problems of eye and vision are one of the early signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis. These signs and symptoms may range from blurring of vision, viewing dark spots, gray spots, pain in the eye and even loss of vision.

These early signs and symptoms of MS can be watched out for. It is highly advisable that you visit your doctor if any one of these signs and symptoms occur.

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) can be difficult to diagnose given the vagaries in signs and symptoms. However, there are certain early signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis, which should be taken seriously when noticed and should prompt you to visit your doctor right away.
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